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Maloya residents protest over SDM’s ‘slap’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 14
An incident in which a man was allegedly slapped by subdivisional magistrate (south) Parshuram Kavle during a demolition drive in Maloya by the UT estate office led to a ‘gherao’ of the Maloya police post with BJP activists staging a ‘dharna’ (sit-in) on Wednesday. However, when contacted later, Kavle denied he had slapped anyone.

Tempers flared high after Kuldip Singh alias Babloo, a village resident, was reportedly slapped after an argument with Kavle when the demolition teams neared a “religious” structure. Residents began gathering after the incident and the crowd even got atop a JCB machine used in demolition.

The protesters threatened they would burn all the equipment used in the demolition. Kavle, accompanied by ‘tehsildar’ DS Bolaria, left the scene hurriedly midway in the drive.

“How dare anybody slap our brother? These officials had acted stupidly and had even demolished certain unlisted structures. We won’t tolerate any high handedness”, said Mam Chand, a former village sarpanch.

At least 250 protesters surrounded the police post and raised slogans against the UT administration. Additional deputy commissioner ML Sharma later visited the police post and tried to placate the area residents following which they ended the protest.

Meanwhile, the three demolition teams supervised by Kavle accompanied by the police razed at least 25 unauthorized structures in the area. The drive began at around 11 am with at least five JCB machines pressed into.

Officials claimed the drive was launched after the UT estate acquired 167acres of land in the area that had been encroached upon. “The original landowners had been compensated and even allotted plots in Dhanas, but encroachers had returned. The land in question has been earmarked for a slum rehabilitation project”, the officials added.

Meanwhile, a deputation of the Chandigarh Congress party committee met Advisor to the UT administrator KK Sharma to discuss the issue. He reportedly demanded Kavle be suspended from office and that the police also file an FIR against him.



Well-qualified women jewel thieves!
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 14
The lure of easy money and penchant for a luxurious lifestyle led two well-qualified women thieves having PhD and multiple postgraduate degrees to take to crime.

The duo, who duped a Sector 22 jeweller of ornaments worth Rs 7 lakh about 10 days ago, was arrested today. The police said the prime accused, 34-year-old Harpreet Kaur Arora, alias Sonia, a PhD from Punjabi University, Patiala, and triple MA in economics, history and education, was working as an assistant professor in Shivalik College of Education near Mullana in Ambala district. She had recently been selected as a regular assistant professor in Baba Farid College of Education, Bathinda. Her cousin and co-accused, 46-year-old Varinder Kaur, alias Neetu, is a postgraduate in dance.

The two were arrested on the complaint of Paramjit Singh of a jewellery house in Sector 22, who identified them. They had allegedly duped him of ornaments worth Rs 7 lakh by posing as NRIs. A case of cheating and criminal breach of trust was registered against them in the Sector 17 police station.

Sub-inspector Rajdeep Singh said they had also recovered gold ornaments weighing over 250 gm from their possession. The accused, while introducing themselves as rich NRIs, purchased the ornaments from the jeweller and asked him to accompany them to their house in Mohali for payment. On the way, they offered him a drink laced with a sedative and then stopped to pay obeisance at a gurdwara. The women then fled from the rear door while the jeweller kept waiting outside.

The police said they had committed similar thefts in jewellery shops in Punjab and Haryana by replacing original jewellery with artificial while selecting jewellery.

The police has also recovered some passports, blank signed affidavits and cheques, passbooks and photographs of various people from the possession of the accused. During the interrogation, the suspects disclosed that they were planning to cheat the owners of Gopal Jewellers, Patiala, and Bhalla Jewellers, Manimajra, and they had selected jewellery from the shops and were planning to call them to Chandigarh for delivery. The two have been remanded in police custody.

What a profile!

Harpreet Kaur Arora, alias Sonia (34)
(Unmarried, PHd and triple MA)
She left her parental house in Patiala and shifted to Gharuan village, near Kharar, where she purchased a flat. Earlier, she taught as a lecturer for two months at Patel College, Rajpura. She also went to Cyprus for education in management. After returning, she did not go back to her parents.

Varinder Kaur, alias Neetu (46)
(Masters in dance)
She is married and has defrauded residents of Patiala by running committees. She left her house and shifted to a flat of her cousin Harpreet Kaur Arora at Gharuan in Mohali district. She also opened a fast food corner at Kharar and took a loan against that from a private financier. She remarried without legally separating from her first husband.



MC’s turnabout on tainted co.
Blacklisted contractor allowed to submit tenders
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 14
The municipal corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) has taken a U-turn on the empanelment of a tainted company which was debarred for five years by the MC House for its alleged role in the cement scam last year.

At a meeting held last month, the finance and contract committee (F&CC) was informed by the chief engineer that AK Sood Company had been debarred for participating in the tendering of the MC for a year and that the period expired in April. Since fewer contractors were coming forward to take up MC projects, particularly recarpeting of roads, the company had been allowed to participate in the tendering process.

In March 2010, the MC House had decided that AK Sood Engineers and Sarvpriya Construction be debarred from the tendering process for the next five years for their alleged involvement in the cement scam.

Mayor Ravinder Pal Singh blamed it on officials, claiming that they did not inform him about the House’s decision to blacklist the company for five years. It was contended that since the company was working for the UT Administration, it should also be allowed to work for the MC, he said.

The F&CC member, Chander Mukhi Sharma, alleged that it had become a routine practise for officials to ignore the decisions of the MC House. It was strange that the amendment to the decision of the House was made by officials at their own level, keeping the MC House in the dark.

Similarly, nominated councillor and F &CC member AP Sanwaria alleged that the Mayor misinformed members.

Cement scam

In March last year, the police had seized a truck carrying 200 cement bags which were being transported to a factory owned by Jawahar Lal at Barwala from a municipal corporation store in Sector 17.



Honest bus conductor, driver defy temptation
Return Rs 47,000 they found in bag
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 14
It was no doubt a tempting opportunity, but Dapinder Bir Singh had already made up his mind what to do with the bag that contained Rs 47,000 in cash that he found lying in the bus. After waiting for a few days for the bag’s owner to claim it, he deposited the money with the transport office.

Setting a laudable example of honesty Dapinder, a Chandigarh Transport Undertaking bus conductor, and the bus driver, Charan Singh, deposited the money in CTU’s account after failing to trace the passenger who lost the bag.

On September 6 both were returning in the bus to the city from Amritsar when they came upon an unclaimed bag lying on one of the seats near Jalandhar.

Dapinder decided to check the bag in front of the passengers and found only clothes inside it.

“After I noticed the unclaimed bag I asked the driver to stop the bus for some time in the hope that someone would come there to collect the bag after realizing he had left it behind, However nobody turned-up”, said Dapinder.

It was much later when the bus reached Chandigarh that both men decided to go through the bag again and found Rs 47,000 in banknotes wrapped in a cloth.

“Though no one knew about the money we found in the bag we decided to stick to honesty and locate the bag’s owner”, said Dapinder. The very next day both CTU employees began efforts to trace the owner and, when their bus next halted in Jalandhar, they inquired whether any one had come looking for a lost bag.

“We even informed local shopkeepers and daily passengers about the bag being found in the bus. However, nobody turned up”, Dapinder said.

After waiting for over a week both men deposit the money with the CTU.

Raj Kumar, secretary of the CTU Employees Union, said: “Although the money has been deposited in the CTU account it would be returned to its rightful owner”.

Meanwhile, Dapinder plans to paste notices about the recovered bag at the Jalandhar bus station so that the claimant can come forward.



School sweeper, ‘aaya’ held in molestation case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 14
The UT police today arrested Jagmohan and Rani, a sweeper and an ‘aaya’ at St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, for their alleged involvement in the molestation of a class-VI student.

The girl, who had accused the duo of helping two of her classmates to molest her, identified them today following an identification parade at the school. The statement was recorded.

She also identified her two classmates, but being juvenile, the police did not arrest them. The case would be taken up by the UT education department tomorrow, where the girl would be given a hearing in the presence of a counsellor.



Fake driver’s licences: HC seeks action taken report
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 14
In a rip-off involving the safety of the commuters, drivers are taking the system for a ride by getting fake drivers’ licences procured from “outside” - renewed in Punjab, Haryana or Chandigarh before landing up with jobs.

For applying brakes to the menace, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has called for preventive measures and a report on the steps taken.

Driving home the message of road safety, Justice Jitendra Chauhan observed: “This Court has come across a large number of appeals pertaining to the motor accident compensation claims, in which the claims tribunal has recorded a categorical finding regarding the driver’s license in question being fake.”

“In most such cases, the driver’s license has initially been issued by an outside authority, but subsequently renewed by the authority in the State of Punjab or Haryana or the Union Territory of Chandigarh.”

“What is alarming is that in such cases, the driver in question has been able to secure an employment under the state, as also under the private employer on the basis of a renewed license in Punjab or Haryana, but which is actually fake, apparently issued by an outside authority.”

Justice Chauhan added: “In such cases, no effort is made either to punish the official, who has renewed the driving license without prior verification or the driver in question, who is patently guilty of working on a fake license.”

“This state of affairs has attracted the attention of this court in the most serious manner possible. The roads will be much safer, if only the duly authorised persons could drive on the roads.”

Justice Chauhan directed: “The governments of the states of Punjab and Haryana and the Administrator of the Union Territory of Chandigarh are directed to place on record any initiative taken to this end in the form of a report.”

“The report should highlight if there is any existing mechanism to address the issues raised or in the absence of the same, what kind of mechanism can be put in place to address the issues raised.”

Justice Chauhan added: “In addition, the state governments as also the Administrator shall also furnish a list of cases coming before the claims tribunal in the states of Punjab, Haryana and UT in the preceding three years in which a finding of fact has been recorded regarding fake driving licence being held by the offending drivers.”

“The list should also contain as to what action has been taken by the state governments/administration against the delinquent officials, who have not acted diligently and renewed a fake driving license as also the action taken against the off ending drivers.”



AFT orders reinstatement of jawan dismissed for molestation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 14
About five years after an Army jawan was dismissed and sentenced to rigorous imprisonment by a summary court martial for allegedly molesting the wife of another jawan, the Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT) has set aside the verdict of the court and ordered that he be reinstated in service with full consequential benefits.

The bench, comprising Justice NP Gupta and Lt Gen HS Panag, held that the charges levelled against the accused, Gurpreet Singh could not be proved beyond reasonable doubt. He was tried for two charges under Section 69 of the Army Act.

The alleged incident took place in 2005, whereas the summary trial was conducted a year after the incident. He was a member of the night guard troop when the wife of another jawan alleged that he broke into her first-floor house and molested her. The petitioner had contended that the statements of the complainant were inconsistent, false and the trial was conducted without adherence to the Army Act and the Army Rules.

The bench observed that there was no eyewitness in the case and the complainant did not identify the accused for two consecutive days immediately after the alleged incident despite all members of the guard troop being lined-up and ample opportunity being given to her. She only identified him from a photograph two days later.

On the other hand, the petitioner had a watertight alibi supported by three witnesses. The bench ordered that reinstatement of the petitioner be done in another unit and he would be entitled to pay and allowances from the date of his dismissal to the date of his reinstatement.


Politics ails docs’ body
After ugly spat, three IMA office-bearers quit in disgust
Anuja Jaiswal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 14
Notwithstanding the attempts of the Chandigarh chapter of Indian Medical Association (IMA) to gloss over the recent ugly incident of its presidents, past and present, coming to blows at an executive committee meeting, the petty politics that prevails in this doctors’ body has had its fallout, with three office-bearers of the association, including the general secretary, tendering their resignations in disgust.

The July 17 incident, in which the past president of the chapter, Dr Zora Singh, allegedly assaulted the incumbent, Dr Ramneek Singh Bedi, with a shoe, had shaken the confidence of several upright and well-meaning members of this professional body. Many now strongly felt that certain people were attempting to use the platform for furthering their vested interests rather than that of the association.

While the three office-bearers, Dr VD Singh and Dr Sandeep Dhawan, both vice-presidents and general secretary, andDr Rajesh Dheer, who quit from their posts yesterday, were tightlipped about the reasons that prompted their decision, insiders revealed that they all were disgusted with the recent incident and the events that followed.

When contacted, Dr VD Singh, gastroenterologist with the PGI, said he had quit as he was feeling “uncomfortable”, but refused to elaborate the reasons for the same. He added that a lot many unnecessary meetings were held by the association and they were a “waste of time”.

Dr Dheer, when contacted, refused to comment but insiders said “officially” he had quit on grounds of being “overburdened” with work. Sources claimed that he had expressed his disgust at the working of the chapter and had mentioned it to people close to him.

Recalling the July 17 incident, a member said, “The abusive language that was used during the fracas and the way the two lunged at each other and exchanged blows with those who tried to intervene was absolutely uncouth. Any member with self-dignity and respect for this noble profession would have had no option but to disassociate himself from the body.”

Sources said though an inquiry, conducted by five senior members of the chapter, found Dr Zora Singh at fault, he refused to appear before them. He accused them of being “biased” and threatened to launch defamatory proceedings against the committee, which he claimed was illegally constituted.

The committee comprised Dr SK Jindal, head of pulmonary medicine department at the PGI, Dr JD Wig, former head of PGI’s general surgery department, Dr BS Chawan, head of psychiatry department of GMCH-32, Dr Neeraj Nagpal and Dr GS Kochar, all being former IMA presidents.

The committee had, in fact, recommended that Dr Zora Singh either resign willingly from the association or be suspended for a period of at least 10 years and debarred from holding any IMA position in the future. The matter was later settled at another executive meeting and the committee’s recommendations were annulled.

Sources in the association confided that things were not going well and a majority of the meetings conducted by the chapter were a waste of time as these were mostly confined to wining and dining. “The venues for the meetings are watering holes,” said a doctor, on the condition of anonymity.

When contacted, Dr Zora Singh, former president of theIMA, said the resignations were unfortunate, but expected. He claimed the resignations only vindicated his contention that the president was “weak and lacked leadership qualities”. He claimed that no confrontation happened during his four-year tenure as president.

On the July 17 incident, he said whatever happened was amicably settled and forgotten. He denied that any violence took place that day. The IMA president, Dr Ramneek Singh, was said to be “abroad”. The resignations of the three office-bearers would be taken up at the next executive meeting of the body.

About IMA

The IMA is the only representative national voluntary organisation of doctors of the modern scientific system of medicine. It looks after the interests of doctors as well as the well-being of the community at large. It has over 1,78,000 doctors as members through over 1,700 local branches spread across the country.



Live on, even after you die
PGI launches organ donation awareness campaign
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 14
What is common to Meena Kumari, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and George Harrison? Apart from being accomplished artistes, they had died due to organ failure.

Their precious lives could have been saved had there been donors who had pledged organs. Despite everyone knowing the importance of organ donations, it still remains a difficult proposition in the country.

To reiterate the importance of the cause and dispel myths that surround organ donation, the PGI today started a four-day organ donation awareness campaign at the new OPD block.

The PGI director, Dr Vinay Sakhuja, took the lead in signing the organ donation pledge form. Seventy others, including members of the PGI organ transplantation team, also pledged their organs for donation.

According to doctors of the renal transplant surgery department, “Low awareness, absence of a national programme to encourage donation and lack of a networking agency at the national level have been responsible for the low cadaver donation rate. We need to develop guidelines for the sharing of pledged organs. As a nation, we are very emotional and so, the conversion rate of pledged bodies has been low.”

Interacting with mediapersons, one of the recipients, Anu Randhawa (42), a staff nurse at the PGI, said she got a second life because of kidney donation by the family of a brain-dead patient. She requested the public to come forward for this noble cause.

She said, “My life was hell after my kidneys failed. I was on dialysis for almost a year-and-a-half . My parents had hypertension and my husband’s blood group did not match mine. Thanks to the family of the brain-dead patient, I got a chance to live again.”

Another recipient, Tejinder Sandhu (34), shared information regarding the difference in life before transplantation and after it. Many individuals were inspired after interacting with the recipients and pledged their organs.



He defined Sikh identity
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 14
You cannot miss Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, even from a distance and it’s not just because of his different style of turban. He looks like a thorough Judge - a gentleman to the core, mannerly and courteous.

Sworn in as a Supreme Court Judge yesterday and all set to become the first-ever Sikh Chief Justice of India, Justice Khehar is known as much for his mannerism as his judgments.

Justice Khehar was, in fact, instrumental in defining Sikh identity. Heading a Full Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on May 30, 2009, Justice Khehar had held: "Retaining hair unshorn is a fundamental tenet of the Sikh religion and a Sikh is one who keeps unshorn hair and does not trim beard or pluck eyebrows."

The Full Bench, headed by Justice Khehar, had also held that courts could enter into “religious thicket” in case of a conflict. Comprising Justice Khehar, Justice Jasbir Singh and Justice Ajay Kumar Mittal, the Bench had further concluded that “maintaining hair unshorn was an essential component of the Sikh religion”; and that admissions under the Sikh minority community quota could be restricted to candidates maintaining “Sikhi swarup” or keeping their hair unshorn.

Born on August 28, 1952, Justice Khehar graduated in science from the Government College, Chandigarh, in 1974. He did his law from Panjab University in 1977 and went on to complete LLM in 1979.

Enrolled as an advocate in 1979, he was appointed Punjab Additional Advocate-General in January 1992. He was elevated to the High Court of Punjab in 1999 and appointed as Chief Justice of Uttarakhand High Court on November 29, 2009. Thereafter, he was transferred and appointed as Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court from August 8, 2010.

Going by seniority, Justice Khehar has the chance to become the first CJI from the Sikh community. He is likely to occupy the office on January 4, 2017, upon the retirement of Justice Tirath Singh Thakur.



Metropolitan Planning Committee to ring in confusion
The big question — what will happen to Administrator’s Advisory Council now?
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 14
The formation of the proposed Metropolitan Planning Committee (MPC) for Chandigarh has put a question mark over the fate of the 43-member Administrator’s Advisory Council (AAC).

With still about eight months to go for the expiry of the tenure of the AAC, constituted on orders of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to advise the UT Administration over important policy matters and mega-projects, the formation of the new committee will only add to the confusion on the major decisions taken by the administration.

At a meeting chaired by Union Urban Development Secretary Saugata Roy recently, a decision to constitute the MPC was taken to undertake all macro-planning for the city.

The UT Administration is set to notify the committee, which will comprise elected representatives of urban and rural local bodies like municipal corporation and panchayats and will be headed by the UT Administrator.

Sources said the MPC would taken care of all mega-projects the UT should have, decisions on the MC, levy of taxes and other major issues. All major decision on the planning in the city in every aspect of life would be taken by the MPC, officials sources said.

Currently, a majority of the major decisions are routed through the AAC, whose meetings are also presided over by the Punjab Governor-cum-UT-Administrator.

However, it has been seen that the advice of the AAC is not taken seriously in certain cases and even the action taken report on various issues discussed at the meeting is not tabled in the meetings.

AAC to become defunct?

As against the AAC, the MPC will be accorded constitutional status. This will mean that the advisory council will become defunct in the days to come, when the MPC starts taking major decisions. The MPC has been made mandatory for all cities having a population of more than 10 lakh with a view to undertake coordinated development of urban areas.



Buses an eyesore for residents of Sector 21
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 14
Buses parked in the residential area of Sector 21 have become a nuisance for residents of that locality. With the problem existing for past many years, the issue has become a major agenda for Resident Welfare Association of the sector.

The buses parked opposite the Sector-21 market, next to the government school is leading to disturbance to residents residing close to that particular area.

PC Sanghi, chairman of Federation of Sector Welfare Association Chandigarh (FOSWAC) and resident of Sector 21, said the residents of that locality had been continuously complaining about the bus being parked outside their houses.

“The bus are not authorized to be parked there and we have also made number of complaints to municipal corporation regarding this, but nothing has been done so far,” Sanghi said.

Sanghi further said the residents had started complaining about the problem due to the buses in the RWA meeting. A resident of the area, complaining about the problem, said the buses were parkedwithout paying fee and were being washed there.

The residents were also annoyed over the market parking being used by scooter mechanics to service two-wheelers, in violation of High Court orders.

Sanghi said FOSWAC was planning to file a PIL against the mechanics using parking lots to service vehicles, making it difficult for residents coming for shopping to park their vehicles.



Resumption notice to Uppal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 14
The municipal corporation (MC) today issued a resumption notice to Uppal Housing Private Limited Company for violating terms of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) in the project at Mani Majra. The MC estate office branch issued the resumption notice to the company.

A five-member committee of the estate office and MC officials inspected the project and tabled its report in the house today on the complaint of Congress councillor Chander Mukhi Sharma that the company had flouted the MOU by not constructing 25 economical weaker section (EWS) units. As per a report presented by MC joint commissioner Kamlesh, a provisional occupation certificate was issued to the company by the estate office, but the company had submitted a revised building plan for 25 EWS units. During inspection, it was found that EWS units were not constructed as per the revised building plans.

The committee also said the location of kitchen and toilets had been changed at the site and the partition wall of the rear courtyard and balcony had not been constructed. Toilet seats in five EWS units were temporarily fixed without connecting these with service lines.



Air Marshal Chandra visits 3 BRD
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 14
Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Maintenance Command, Air Marshal J Chandra came on a two-day inspection visit to No 3 Base Repair Depot here today. This is his first visit to the depot after taking over as the Maintenance Command Chief earlier this month.

Air Marshal Chandra interacted with officers of the depot and was given a presentation on various activities being undertaken there. He visited different technical groups and evaluated the efforts undertaken by the depot towards production enhancement.

During the visit, the AOC-in-C will also interact with the air warriors and civilian staff besides reviewing various welfare measures adopted at the depot as per the laid down policies.

Air Marshal J Chandra started his career as an engineering officer in an Air Defence Direction Centre, which provides air surveillance for most air bases in the Western Air Command. He has had two tenures in the Radar Communication Project Office, various appointments at fighter airbases and has also been the Chief Engineering Officer of a major fighter and helicopter-training base, Air Officer Commanding of a Radar and Communication Repair Depot. Before assuming the responsibilities as the Maintenance Command head, he was the Director General (Systems) at Air Headquarters.



Sector 21: When parks become dumping grounds
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 14
It is not only the residents of the Municipal Corporation managed sectors who are at the receiving end due to the apathy of officials, the people living in sectors under the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) are equally in trouble.

While heaps of garbage and potholed roads dot Sector 21, some low-lying areas here force people to stay inside during rains as water remains accumulated on roads for weeks due to inadequate drainage system. A park in front of house number 628 remains inundated after every shower converting the area virtually into mosquito breeding ground.

Every corner of the parks in the sector is a dumping ground. As dustbins are not visible in the sector the sweepers are in the habit of the dumping garbage on the boundary walls of parks. The swings once broken are never repaired and the dustbins can be seen thrown on the side.

A dustbin lies in disuse at a park in Sector 21, Panchkula.
A dustbin lies in disuse at a park in Sector 21, Panchkula.
A potholed road at Sector 21.
A potholed road at Sector 21.

The market in the sector leaves a pathetic look. The vacant plots here are being used to dump the garbage by shopkeepers as well as sweepers.

The construction of the flyover on the national highway 22 has added to the woes of locals. A crossing provided for the entry to the sector can prove a death trap for the commuters. As no cop is posted there, many of the drivers, in order to cut short the route to the sector, enter it from the opposite side.

Danger still looms in Sec 10

Panchkula: The residents of Sector 10 continue to face the potholed roads and danger of electrocution, as things did not improve here, despite the repeated complaints.

After one month, during its revisit, the TNS team found that the electric wires dangling at low level were in the same shape as these were published in these columns on August 19. The executive officer of Municipal Corporation KK Jain, when contacted, said the development works were going to start soon.

A transformer installed at a low level; and (right) a damaged road at the market and at Sector 10 in Panchkula.
A transformer installed at a low level; and (right) a damaged road at the market and at Sector 10 in Panchkula.



BCA student goes missing

Chandigarh, September 14
A BCA final year student of Government College, Sector 46, has gone missing. Piyush Rampal (21), is the son of Ajay Rampal, head of the UT’s National Informatics Centre (NIC).

A missing report has been lodged at the Sector 31 police station. Family members informed the police that their son left for college yesterday and failed to return home. His phone was not reachable and last tower location showed him to be in Himachal Pradesh. He was last seen riding a Bajaj Pulsar (CH04L 0399) at the petrol station in Sector 49 yesterday. — TNS



MC staff show laxity in cremating dead
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, September 14
Displaying utter disregard for the dead, the Zirakpur municipal employees today failed to turn up for nearly four hours for the cremation of an unidentified man, who was found dead near railway lines in Dhakoli village two days ago.

As a result, even the employees of the railway police had to wait for cremation. An official of the railway police, Lalru, stated that they reached the cremation ground near Zirakpur police station along with the body around 12 pm, but none of the municipal council employees turned up until four hours.

The railway police said an unidentified body of a migrant labourer in his mid-thirties was found near Dhakoli railway track on September 11. The man was wearing a white and red coloured shirt along with black trousers.

The body had been kept for identification at the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, for 72 hours but nobody had come forward to claim it. As per rules, the body had to be cremated by the MC authorities, the police added.

Meanwhile, an executive officer of the Zirakpur Municipal Council stated that the cremation of the body was a serious and important matter. The official said he would check with the department concerned about the delay in the cremation.



tricity scan
Chandigarh Scan
Karwa is vice-president of I-T tribunal

HL Karwa, a law graduate from Panjab University, and former vice-president, Lucknow zone of Income Tax Appellate Tribunal, has joined as vice-president of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT) (Chandigarh), a press release stated here on Wednesday. He has served as a Judicial Member in other Benches of Income Tax Appellate Tribunal in Ahmadabad, Amritsar, Pune, Delhi and Lucknow.

17 stray cattle impounded

A drive to check stray cattle menace was carried out by the municipal corporation on Wednesday. As many as 17 cows and buffaloes were impounded in last two days from Sector 26, Sector 39, Sector 56, Kajheri village, Mauli Jagran, Dhanas, Sarangpur, Dariya and Maloya. Under the Cattle Trespass Act, the municipal corporation levies a fine of Rs 2,000, 1,000 and 350 for a buffalo, cattle and calf, respectively.

Book exhibition

A book exhibition on nursing titles was organised in National Institute of Nursing Education, PGIMER, on Wednesday. The exhibition was inaugurated by Prof Kusum Joshi, Sub-Dean, and chairperson, Library Committee, PGIMER.

Mohali scan
Lecture at college

The Chandigarh Management Association in collaboration with Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology, Phase II, Mohali, organised a lecture by Sofi Zahoor, director, HR, India Operations, Quark Media House. The event was presided over by Dr Anshu Kataria, president, CMA, and JS Bedi, chairman, Gian Jyoti Group or Institutions.

Eye check-up camp

Rotary Club of SAS Nagar and Rotaract Clubs of GJIMT and SAS Nagar in association with JP Eye Hospital organised an eye check-up camp at Bindrakh village. A team of doctors examined 275 villagers and provided free medicines to them. Surgeries were performed on 60 patients at JP Eye Hospital, Phase VII, Mohali. On Tuesday, District Governor of Rotary District 3080 Manpreet Singh Gandhoke visited the patients at the hospital.

Free treatment

Six-year-old Nkhoma, hailing from Malawi area of South Africa, was operated upon for a heart ailment at Fortis Hospital, Mohali. The surgery was part of the hospital’s initiative to provide free medical treatment to the underprivileged.

Panchkula scan
Survey of schools

Hansraj Public School, Sector 6, Panchkula, has been ranked number one in Haryana in the Education World-C fore Survey of Schools, 2011. The survey rated the school the best in all spheres, including academics, sports, co-curricular activities and discipline. Tribune Reporters



government schools
Now, principals to look after maintenance work
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 14
In a bid to upgrade infrastructure in city government schools, the UT education department is mulling over entrusting local principals with the regular maintenance in addition to increasing their ‘without quotation’ purchase limit to Rs 15,000.

The proposal comes in the wake of DPI’s recent inspection of four rural schools in Indira Colony, Mauli Jagran, Colony No 4 and Hallo Majra, where in addition to pending projects with the engineering department, it was the long list of formalities involved in getting even minor things repaired, which was responsible for the ailing condition of schools.

“We are working on the plan. Even to get the broken floor of a classroom repaired or get a ground levelled, they have to send letters and then wait for the UT workers to come and repair things. We want the process to speed up. We are looking forth to make amendments in some norms to allow principals to get required work done by outsourcing the same. We are also mulling over increasing the purchase limit to ensure that students don’t have to wait for basic items for want of sanctions and permissions,” said DPI (S) Sandeep Hans.

The proposal is bound to elate the local principals, especially those heading rural or slum schools, as one of them said, “We keep on asking the engineering department to come and repair things, but it takes months. The formalities bind our hands as everything right from disposing a broken chair to buying fans, we have to write numerous letters and wait for approvals. This freedom will go a long way in helping us to manage schools.”

Workshops for principals

Taking a serious note of the fact that many city principals lacked motivation and initiative to upgrade or maintain school infrastructure, the UT will soon organise workshops to give them a few lessons in managing school institutions.



AIEEE online from May 7
Tribune News service

Chandigarh, September 14
Having decided to switch to online examination mode for the All-India Entrance Examination for Engineering (AIEEE) in 22 cities from next year, the Central Board of Secondary Education will also offer a flexible schedule for the same.

To make the mode more popular, the board has decided to grant a concession between Rs 150 and Rs 300 in examination fee of candidates going for online examination.

As per information, while pen/paper test will be held on April 29, 2012, in 65 centres online examination will be conducted from May 7 to 25.

A mock-test software will soon be uploaded on CBSE’s website in December to help examinees. The applications for examination will be accepted through online mode only and no physical form will be sold.

The examination fee will be accepted through credit/debit cards or demand drafts.

To facilitate students for filling in online applications, a facilitation centre will be opened in those cities, where physical forms were sold earlier.



engineer’s day
Air show at Gurukul Vidyapeeth
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 14
On the eve of 44th Engineer’s Day, an aero-modelling show was organised at Gurukul Vidyapeeth in Banur, near here, today.

The function started with live flying display of Unmanned Aircraft Vehicles (UAVs), remotely controlled aerobatic model aircrafts.

Around 1,500 students and staff members of Gurukul Vidyapeeth gathered to witness the technical and special event.

SP Singh, director-cum-CEO of Deep Impact Aeronautiq Private Limited was the chief guest.

The programme was followed by a seminar on unmanned aircraft techniques, flight simulator display and video clips. Various activities like paper presentation, poster making, debate, photography exhibition and project display were organised.

Manmohan Garg, CEO, Gurukul Vidyapeeth, claimed that Gurukul was the only institute of the region after Punjab Engineering College(PEC), Chandigarh, where All-India Council of Technical Education(AICTE)-approved four-year aeronautical engineering was available with 60 seats.

Prof IK Kataria, managing director, Gurukul Vidyapeeth, presented the life sketch of M Visvesvarya in whose memory the day is celebrated every year.



Audio books given to visually impaired students
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 14
Panjab University’s community radio station 91.2 Jyotirgamya at School of Communication Studies has completed the task of recording audio books for visually impaired students as part of its community responsibility initiative.

Various books pertaining to BA and MA streams have been recorded so far and were distributed among students today. “I needed audio books for compulsory and elective English for BA-II. At school, we were provided with books in Brail, but it’s difficult to get college books converted into Brail as one book is converted into 6 to 7 volumes which is not of great help,” said Rishi Kumar Sharma from PGGC-11.

“We wish to take many such steps and require volunteers for it,” said Archana Singh, chairperson, School of Communication Studies.



Protest over warden’s appointment

Chandigarh, September 14
High drama prevailed at Sri Dhanwantry Ayurvedic College today when girl hostelers staged a protest against the arbitrary appointment of warden accusing her of using abusive language.

Students, who claimed that they had already complained to the college authorities on September 1, staged a protest for their alleged indifference even after 15 days. The college authorities called an emergency meeting following which students called off their protest. — TNS



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